Coffee and Cocoa Soap Recipe

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This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it’s palm free!

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

Since making homemade coffee soap in 2015, I’ve been dying to make another. My homemade coffee soap recipe was, and still is, one of my most favorite homemade soap recipes of all time. This time around I also wanted to add cocoa powder for a coffee and cocoa soap recipe. At the last minute, and probably because I was craving brownies at the time, I decided to add a whole egg to this recipe as well.

In the same year I formulated my coffee soap recipe, I also made my first egg soap! Also making my list of favorite soap recipes of all time, my homemade egg soap recipe calls for two egg yolks. So I figured I’d mix it up a bit this go round and simply used an entire egg!

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

Why egg?

Well, eggs are believed to offer skin care benefits that include tightening skin, shrinking pores, and calming redness and breakouts. In cold process soap, egg yolks are treated as a fat. As such they help to give egg soap a rich, thick lather. Egg whites, on the other hand, contain no fat whatsoever. However, they do contain protein which has an astringent effect on skin.

Want to make your own? Here’s how!

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

Coffee and Cocoa Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

3 oz. babassu oil
1 oz. castor oil
2 oz. unrefined cocoa butter
2 oz. refined coconut oil
10 oz. olive oil
2 oz. safflower oil

6.6 oz. strong brewed coffee
2.7 oz. sodium hydroxide/lye

1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 egg, tempered
1 Tablespoon (60% solution) sodium lactate
1.25 oz. fragrance oil, optional

Soap Notes:

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

For my original coffee and cocoa soap recipe, as stated previously, I had not intended on using egg. As it was a last minute addition, and this recipe has a high percentage of olive oil, you may want to reduce the amount of coffee (as percentage of oil weight) to 30% (6 oz.) Definitely do this if you are preventing your soaps from going through gel phase. Otherwise you will probably need an extra day or two to unmold these cleanly. It does firm up nice once unmolding though.

In addition, if you are using a fragrance oil – I did not – definitely reduce the amount of coffee. A hot fudge brownie fragrance oil would blend nicely with this soap as would a coffee or chocolate fragrance oil. Or perhaps chocolate cappuccino or chocolate cream cupcake?

Without a fragrance oil the chocolate smell really starts to come through after about a week. It smells a little weird until then, but don’t worry. It’ll smell fantastic regardless of whether or not you choose to use a fragrance.

To make my coffee that is used in place of the water in this recipe, I brewed 4 rounded Tablespoons in just over the amount of water called for in the recipe. (As we all know, those grounds can be greedy and some of the water content stays trapped in them.) I won’t lie and say I didn’t use a mocha latte flavored coffee because I totally did. Regular coffee would work just fine though.

Also, a nice substitution for the unrefined cocoa butter in this recipe would be dark cocoa butter wafers. In this instance you could omit the cocoa powder entirely, or leave it in to make it extra chocolatey!

In addition, your egg will need to be room temperature to use in my coffee and cocoa soap recipe. So you may want to remove it from the refrigerator several hours before you intend to make this soap. You’ll also want to make your coffee ahead of time so it has time to cool to room temperature as well.

Finally, I used the Crafter’s Choice basic round silicone soap mold for this recipe. But you can adapt the recipe to fit your own mold if you like.

(For information on the properties of my coffee and cocoa soap recipe as well as percentages and superfat used, simply refer to the screenshot of this recipe from SoapCalc above.)

Instructions:

Ready? Let’s get started!

You do need to be familiar with making cold process soap for this recipe. You’ll follow my basic cold process soapmaking instructions. If you’ve never made cold process soap before – or any kind of soap in which you’re working with lye – I strongly recommend you start with a beginner soap recipe so you get a feel for the process and know you can create a successful soap.

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

You’ll begin by mixing your lye-water. Or, in this case, lye-coffee.

Measure out the amount of (room temperature) coffee needed into a heat proof container.

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

Then, using a digital scale, weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the coffee in a well ventilated area, stirring until the lye has dissolved completely. (You’ll want to take proper safety precautions when working with lye. Gloves and eye protection are recommended.)

Set the lye-coffee aside to cool.

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

Next, use your digital scale to weigh out the cocoa butter and soapmaking oils. Heat in a non-aluminum pot over medium to medium-low on the stove until your ingredients have melted completely. Alternately, you can also heat them at 50% power in your microwave in a large glass Pyrex measuring cup until the cocoa butter has melted.

Once your ingredients have melted, remove from heat and set aside.

Allow the lye-coffee and your butter-oil mixture to cool to room temperature or around 76°F.

Using a measuring spoon, measure out the sodium lactate and stir it into your lye-coffee.

Now temper your egg. To do this, remove about a cup of oil from your soapmaking oils. Whisk the entire egg (no shell, of course) into the oils.

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

Using measuring spoons, measure out the unsweetened cocoa powder. Use a stick blender to incorporate the cocoa powder into the oils.

Return the oil with the egg mixed into it, to this container and mix again briefly.

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

Now pour the lye-coffee into the oils. Mix with a stick blender until you reach trace. Please note that my coffee and cocoa soap recipe does take a while to trace.

If you’re using a fragrance oil, add it at light trace and keep mixing until the soap batter is like a light pudding.

Pour the soap batter into all six of the mold’s cavities so each is filled. Then go back and circle any remaining soap on top of the soap you just poured.

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

If desired, you can add whole coffee beans or another decorative element or soap embed to the top of each of your soaps as an accent.

Allow your soap to set up for at least 48 hours before unmolding. If your soap doesn’t seem like it’s going to come out of the mold easily – especially if it didn’t gel – you can place the mold in the freezer for about a half hour or simply wait an extra day or two. (This mold is thicker than a lot of other silicone molds and therefore it can be more difficult to push the soap out cleanly.)

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

Because it’s winter and much colder in my house right now, I got soda ash on the tops of my soaps. However, I loved the contrast between the color of the soda ash and the color of the soap and the coffee beans so I left it on my soaps. If you don’t like the way it looks, you can simply steam or wash it off.

Allow to cure four to six weeks before using.

Don’t have time to make my coffee and cocoa soap recipe? Be sure to check out my check out my favorite coffee and chocolate themed artisan products on Etsy for homemade coffee and cocoa soaps you can buy! Or try Starboard Soap Co.’s Farm Fresh Egg Soap.

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Best of 2016: Favorite Beauty and Skin Care Recipes

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These Beauty and Skin Care Recipes are some of my favorites! Learn how to make your own to enjoy yourself or to give as homemade gifts throughout the New Year!

2016 has ended and we’ve started a bright and shiny New Year. That means lots of new beauty and skin care recipes to look forward to! In the meantime, however, be sure to check out my favorite beauty and skin care recipes I developed in 2016. Then give them a try to treat yourself or to give as homemade gifts throughout the New Year! Here’s to 2017!

Favorite Beauty and Skin Care Recipes

This homemade coffee scrub recipe without coconut oil is inspired by the Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub. Scented with a fresh blend of orange, coconut and cardamom, my coffee scrub recipe contains naturally emollient sweet almond oil, mineral rich pink Himalayan salt, anti-inflammatory blood orange essential oil, brown sugar, and ground coffee to exfoliate, smooth and brighten dull, aging or acne prone skin. Plus there are free printable labels for gifting!

My Orange Coconut Coffee Scrub Recipe is probably my most favorite indulgence of 2016. inspired by the Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub, this homemade coffee scrub recipe is scented with a fresh blend of orange, coconut and cardamom. Additionally it contains naturally emollient sweet almond oil, mineral rich pink Himalayan salt, anti-inflammatory blood orange essential oil, brown sugar, and ground coffee to exfoliate, smooth and brighten dull, aging or acne prone skin.

For more beauty and skin care recipes like this one be sure to visit and follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest.

This natural lavender cream deodorant recipe with bentonite clay is made without irritating baking soda and it really works! Plus discover three other fantastic uses for this cream deodorant for whole body care!

2016 was the year I finally made the switch to an all natural aluminum free deodorant for good! And in doing so I gained health benefits as well. My natural lavender cream deodorant recipe is my favorite baking soda free deodorant recipe out of all the ones I’ve ever made. It contains natural ingredients like arrowroot powder, magnesium hydroxide and bacteria fighting neem oil as well as detoxifying bentonite clay.

Not only does this natural deodorant recipe fight odor but it can be used for other skin care issues. Use it on feet to keep them from sweating and stinking in your shoes through the summer months in hot shoes or use it on your face solo or underneath makeup to keep your face shine free and fight acne. It also makes a great acne fighting face mask!

For more beauty and skin care recipes like this one check out my Natural Home Remedies and Herbal Health Care board on Pinterest.

Learn how to make your own fabulous DIY unicorn balm! This tri-color DIY unicorn balm leaves just a hint of shimmer on your skin and can be scented with your favorite fragrance! Plus it makes a great homemade gift idea for anyone who loves unicorns - or simply wants sparkle like one for the day!

My DIY unicorn balm was my most widely loved, shared and pinned post of 2016! This tri-color DIY unicorn balm leaves just a hint of shimmer on your skin and can be scented with your favorite fragrance! Plus it makes a great homemade gift idea for anyone who loves unicorns – or simply wants sparkle like one for the day!

If you have unicorn fever, be sure to give my Unicorn Lust Pinterest board a peek!

This sea salt face and body scrub recipe is loosely inspired by Lush's Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub. Made using fine dead sea salt, this emulsified sea salt face and body scrub recipe has a creamy texture and is gentle enough for even sensitive skin. Ingredients like mango butter, fractionated coconut oil and lanolin help to condition and protect skin while dead sea salt lends its natural healing properties.

Lush fans will love my sea salt face and body scrub recipe! Loosely inspired by Lush’s Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub, this luxurious emulsified scrub is made with mango butter, fractionated coconut oil and lanolin help to condition and protect skin and fine dead sea salt for its natural healing properties. It has a creamy texture and is gentle enough for even sensitive skin. Ingredients like Want to make it vegan? Try substituting the lanolin – which is found in Lush’s Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub – with cupuacu butter.

If you like this recipe, then you may also like my recent recipe for making strawberry & chocolate fudge solid sugar scrub bars! Or discover more of my body scrub recipes here.

Learn how to make homemade pine tar soap with this simple pine tar soap recipe. Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites.

As far as soaps go, my pine tar soap recipe is fairly basic but is big on benefits making it more than deserving of this favorites list. Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites. I loved the way this soap felt on my skin and I also found it helped my dog’s flea dermatitis.

For more of my homemade soap recipes be sure to follow my Simply Soapmaking Pinterest board.

This cracked heel repair balm recipe contains all natural ingredients that help to heal and protect cracked heels and feet. It's also great for hands, elbows, knees and lips - pretty much anywhere your skin needs some extra love!

If you’re prone to dry or cracked skin then this cracked heel repair balm recipe is sure to make your own favorites list! My cracked heel repair balm contains all natural ingredients that help to heal and protect cracked heels and feet. Plus, it’s also great for hands, elbows, knees and lips – pretty much anywhere your skin needs some extra love!

For similar skin care recipes check out this blog post with 16 homemade lanolin skin care recipes that can help to protect your skin all winter long.

Created as a dupe to the clariSEA Deep Pore Detox Activated Charcoal Exfoliating Mask, this activated charcoal detox mask recipe draws out impurities, clears up blackheads and removes excess oil for reduced breakouts and faster healing times.

Created as a dupe to the clariSEA Deep Pore Detox Activated Charcoal Exfoliating Mask, my activated charcoal detox mask recipe draws out impurities, clears up blackheads and removes excess oil for reduced breakouts and faster healing times.

You can find more face mask recipes on Soap Deli News blog here.

This foaming salt scrub recipe is super easy to make and can be customized with your favorite scent! Just melt, pour and mix ingredients for a foaming salt scrub that gently exfoliates as it lathers and cleanses like soap!

My foaming salt scrub recipe makes showering all the more fun! Not only is this skin care recipe super easy to make but it can also be customized with your favorite scent! Just melt, pour and mix ingredients for a foaming salt scrub that gently exfoliates as it lathers and cleanses like soap!

This homemade magnesium and arnica body butter recipe is scented with a delightful lavender and orange fragrance and is great for everyday aches, pains and bruises.

My homemade lavender and orange scented magnesium and arnica body butter recipe is great for everyday aches, pains and bruises. I created this recipe for my grandmother who has been in out of the hospital a lot this past year and has endured quite a few nasty bruises from IV’s. Arnica has been traditionally used to treat bruises while magnesium is key to offering some relief from aches and pains.

If you like this recipe you may also like my non-greasy lavender body butter recipe, my simple 3-ingredient pain relief massage oil recipe, my chocolate lavender pain relief salve recipe and my homemade ginger salve recipe for sore muscles.

This ultimate detox salt bar recipe combines pink Himalayan salt with coconut derived activated charcoal for the ultimate detox salt bath! Superfatted at 20%, this detox salt bar recipe also contains coconut oil, castor oil, safflower oil and mango butter for lather and conditioning.

My ultimate detox salt bar recipe is another one of my favorite skin care recipes. This homemade soap recipe combines pink Himalayan salt with coconut derived activated charcoal for the ultimate detox salt bath! Superfatted at 20%, this detox salt bar recipe also contains coconut oil, castor oil, safflower oil and mango butter for lather and conditioning.

If you’ve never made cold process soap before, you can find a tutorial on how to make cold process soap from scratch here.

This easy cream eyeshadow recipe requires just three ingredients and results in a beautiful and highly pigmented cream eyeshadow that glides on smooth and provides lasting results. This cream eyeshadow is also great for blending.

If you love customizing your own eyeshadow colors then this easy cream eyeshadow recipe is right up your alley! It requires just three ingredients to make your own beautiful and highly pigmented cream eyeshadows that offer both a smooth application and lasting results.

If you’re interested in eyeshadows and beauty products you can buy rather than DIY, be sure to check out my Bath & Beauty board on Pinterest.

Learn how to make this luxury double butter soap recipe with high percentages of both cocoa butter and shea butter that's perfect for dry winter skin.

And last, but certainly not least, is my luxury double butter soap recipe. This low cleansing homemade soap contains high percentages of both cocoa butter and shea butter that’s perfect for dry winter skin. There are both palm and palm free versions of this soap recipe.

You can find more of my palm free soap recipes here.

I hope you have as much fun recreating my beauty and skin care recipes as I had making them! Thank you all for your encouragement and readership throughout the past year. I hope to share even more with you in 2017!

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Must Have Festival Accessories & Summer Festival DIY’s

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These must have festival accessories and summer festival DIY's are sure to make your festival experience this year even better!

These must have festival accessories and summer festival DIY’s are sure to make your festival experience this year even better!

Keep reading to discover not only a collection of my favorite must have festival accessories and clothing but also a collection of my very own summer festival DIY’s for making your own homemade festival soap, insect repellent and dry shampoo!

Must Have Festival Accessories & Clothing

Discover not only a wonderful collection of favorite must have festival accessories and clothing but also a collection of summer festival DIY's for making your own homemade festival soap, insect repellent and dry shampoo!

Made to Your Hiking Bottle Tote in Floral Tapestry / Cactus What You Preach Battery Pack in Geo / Good News Travels Vast Backpack / Boldly Buckled Belt in Cognac

Discover not only a wonderful collection of favorite must have festival accessories and clothing but also a collection of summer festival DIY's for making your own homemade festival soap, insect repellent and dry shampoo!

Creatively Connected Picnic Blanket in Geometric / Floral of the Story Flower Crown / Braid for Walkin’ Sandal in Cognac / Daisy, I Love Your Way Shorts

Discover not only a wonderful collection of favorite must have festival accessories and clothing but also a collection of summer festival DIY's for making your own homemade festival soap, insect repellent and dry shampoo!

On Cloud Divine Top / Fun-Woman Band Romper / Put Your Mind at Peace Top / May the Vest Fan Win

Discover not only a wonderful collection of favorite must have festival accessories and clothing but also a collection of summer festival DIY's for making your own homemade festival soap, insect repellent and dry shampoo!

Hands-Free to Be Me Belt Bag / Birkenstock Strappy Camper Sandal in Taupe Suede / Banjo Schmo Hat / Now Boarding Zone Fun Belt Bag

These must have festival accessories and summer festival DIY's are sure to make your festival experience this year even better!

Summer Festival DIY’s

These summer festival DIY’s are perfect for helping to maintain your comfort insect free while you’re enjoying time outdoors!

This natural summer festival soap recipe contains a blend of natural essential oils to help keep biting summer insects away!

Summer Festival Soap Recipe

This natural summer festival soap recipe contains a blend of natural essential oils to help keep biting summer insects away!

Ingredients (x2):

5.4 oz. 76° melt point coconut oil
9 oz. palm oil
9 oz. rice bran oil
3.6 oz. soybean oil
1.8 oz. grapeseed oil
3.6 oz. shea butter
3.6 oz. cocoa butter

12 fluid oz. distilled water
4.8 oz. lye (sodium hydroxide)

At trace Batch A:

.85 oz. lavender essential oil
.15 oz. lemon eucalyptus essential oil
.05 oz. tea tree oil
.05 oz. lavender flowers
lavender ultramarine pigment or mica powder, to suit

At trace Batch B:

1 oz. lemongrass essential oil
.15 oz. peppermint essential oil

Directions:

You’ll need to make two batches of soap in separate pots for this summer festival soap recipe. The final festival soap recipe will fill two of my wooden soapmaking molds. Combine equal amounts of all soapmaking oils into each pot and prepare two containers of lye-water. (Each pot should have 5.4 oz. coconut oil, 9 oz. palm oil, 9 oz. rice bran oil, 3.6 oz. soybean oil, 1.8 oz. grape seed oil, 3.6 oz. shea butter and 3.6 oz. cocoa butter. Then each container of lye-water should contain 12 oz. distilled water and 4.8 oz. of lye.) Prepare according to your basic cold process soapmaking instructions.

Once each container of lye-water and oils have cooled, you are ready to mix your soap. Start by mixing one container of lye-water into one pot of soapmaking oils. At a light trace, weigh out and stir in the ingredients listed for Batch A – the lavender, eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils, lavender flowers and the pigment powder. Mix well using your immersion blender. Once it reaches a thick trace pour the soap evenly into the bottom of BOTH of your lined molds.

Now mix your second batch of soapmaking oils and lye-water together, weighing and adding the ingredients for Batch B – the lemongrass and peppermint essential oils – at trace. As lemongrass essential oil turns the soap a lovely shade of yellow, you won’t need to use a colorant for this layer. Once ready, pour the soap from this batch evenly into the two soap molds over top of the lavender fragrance/colored soap. Cover and insulate for 24 hours, then unmold and cut your festival soap into bars. Allow to cure for a minimum of three weeks before use.

This recipe will yield 20-24 bars depending on how you cut them.

Best Ever Natural Homemade Dry Shampoo Recipe

Summer Festival Dry Shampoo Recipe

My summer festival dry shampoo recipe avoids using food ingredients that may attract insects and in lieu of cornmeal instead uses a super effective and light blend of arrowroot powder, rice flour, baking soda, colloidal oatmeal and cosmetic clays. Essential oils and herbs are also added for a fresh fragrance as well as for their insect repellent properties.

Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons Bob’s Red Mill Rice Flour White
1 Tablespoon baking soda
2 Tablespoons colloidal oatmeal
3 Tablespoons arrowroot powder
1 Tablespoon Rhassoul (Red Moroccan) Clay
1 Tablespoon lavender blossoms or (lavender flower powder)
1 ml lavender essential oil
1/2 ml patchouli essential oil
1/2 ml rosemary extract

Instructions:

Because I tend to have red highlights in my hair I chose to use red Moroccan clay in this recipe. If you prefer you can substitute with Fuller’s earth clay. You can also sub the arrowroot powder with Bob’s Red Mill Tapioca Flour. (Although Bob’s Red Mill makes an all natural arrowroot starch/flour as well.) For darker hair you can also add 1/8 – 1/4 of a teaspoon of brown iron oxide.

Using a Tablespoon measuring spoon, measure out the rice flour, baking soda, colloidal oatmeal, arrowroot powder, clay and lavender flowers in a glass measuring cup. Then, using a different graduated plastic transfer pipette for each of the essential oils and rosemary extract, measure out and add these to the dry ingredients. Mix with a spoon, then slowly pour into a coffee bean grinder and mix well. This will turn your lavender blossoms into a powder and evenly distribute the essential oils and extract. Once mixed, simply pour into two 4 oz. or one 8 oz. jar or container.

To use simply apply to hair – a makeup brush actually works wonderfully for this and cuts down on spillage – and lightly massage into hair with your hands. (If you used brown iron oxide pigment, avoid your scalp area as it can stain your scalp.) Then brush through and go! I found this recipe works really well, smells heavenly, and it even added some nice volume to my fine, straight hair.

This natural insect repellent spray recipe really works and is perfect for every outdoor enthusiast! Use this insect repellent spray to deter biting insects when camping, hiking, biking and gardening this summer!

Summer Festival Insect Repellent Spray

This natural insect repellent spray recipe really works and is perfect for every outdoor enthusiast! Use this insect repellent spray to deter biting insects at summer festivals and during other outdoor activities! Simply mist this spray on your skin after showering and as needed throughout the day.

Adapted from The Mountain Rose Herbs Blog

Ingredients:

2 oz. witch hazel extract
2 oz. catnip or peppermint hydrosol
2 oz. distilled water
1 mL (20 drops) lemon eucalyptus essential oil
1 mL (20 drops) lavender essential oil
1/2 mL (10 drops) lemongrass essential oil
1/2 mL (10 drops) Virginia cedarwood essential oil

Instructions:

To make this natural insect repellent spray recipe you’ll need to begin by using a digital scale to weigh out the witch hazel, catnip hydrosol and distilled water. Combine into a 6 – 8 oz. spray bottle using a funnel. (I used this Boston round bottle with mini spray trigger from SKS Bottle & Packaging.) Using a graduated transfer pipette or dropper, add the essential oils to the bottle then screw on the trigger sprayer. Shake well to combine the ingredients and again before each use.

To extend the shelf life of this natural insect repellent spray and to help you and your loved ones cool down on a hot summer day, store this in the refrigerator between uses. And don’t forget to pack it for your next hiking or camping trip!

In addition to these summer festival DIY’s you may also be interested in my nine natural foot care recipes to keep your feet looking great all summer long. (Find them here.) And you may also want to try my natural deodorizing foot powder recipe for stinky sweat or rain soaked shoes. (Find that recipe here.)

For more of my natural summer bath and body recipes, be sure to visit and follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. In addition you can also find me on Blog Lovin’TumblrFacebook,TwitterG+ and Instagram.


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Reader Submission: Shea Butter and Witch Hazel Soap

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I LOVE these homemade soap photographs sent in by Marilyn, one of much appreciated and amazing blog readers. Marilyn created the homemade soap pictured using my Homemade Shea Butter & Witch Hazel Soap Recipe. Aren't they just beautiful? They remind me of Van Gogh's Starry Night.

I LOVE these homemade soap photographs sent in by Marilyn, one of much appreciated and amazing blog readers. Marilyn created the homemade soap pictured using my Homemade Shea Butter & Witch Hazel Soap Recipe. Aren’t they just beautiful? They remind me of Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

Following are Marilyn’s comments on my shea butter & witch hazel soap recipe.

“Oh my, I’m so impatient. I couldn’t wait to check the soap qualities. What a luxurious stable lather! …I haven’t soaped with Witch Hazel, or sesame oil before. Wow, this Is a keeper, for sure. I’ve made other recipes with a similar fatty acid profile but what makes this so incredibly luxurious? Do you think it’s really the witch hazel? Or the high percentage of Shea butter? Or I’ve never soaped with sesame oil?  Would love to try the exact same recipe without the witch hazel, because if that’s the secret, then mountain rose has something pretty special.”

To answer her question I feel like it’s simply a combination of the ingredients chosen that made this one a keeper, even if it’s a bit tough to make. But the witch hazel does add a unique feel I haven’t ever quite achieved with other homemade soap recipes. The witch hazel that both Marilyn and I used for this particular homemade soap recipe can be found at Mountain Rose Herbs here. Or learn how to make your own homemade shea butter and witch hazel soap now with homemade recipe here.

For more of my homemade soap recipes, including my new favorite luxury double butter soap recipe, be sure to follow my Simply Soapmaking board on Pinterest. Or, if you’re interested in making palm free cold process soap, you can find my collection of palm free cold process soap recipes here. And, if you’re a first timer, you can learn how to make cold process soap from scratch here.


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Palm Free Soap Recipes

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This traditional Castile soap recipe is made using 100% olive oil and is scented with natural basil, lemongrass and rosemary essential oils.Why Palm Free Soap Recipes?

Traditionally, one of the main ingredients of cold process soap has been palm oil. However, as the use of palm oil has increased primarily due to its cheap price and wide availability, there has been controversy within the soapmaking community regarding its use. Production of palm oil in Southeast Asia has resulted in not only the depletion of the rain forest which is being torn down to create palm plantations, but it also threatens endangered animals like orangutans and Sumatran tigers who call these rain forests home. Some soapmakers choose not to use palm oil at all because of this, while others choose to purchase only sustainable palm oil that is given oversight from state and third party environmental programs such as EcoSocial and the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil.

Because palm oil is so cheap, many commercial products are made using palm oil including soaps and stearic acid – a common ingredient in lotions. Shortening is also made with palm oil or a combination of palm oil and other oils. The popular brand, Crisco, now uses palm oil for its shortening in place of what was originally cottonseed oil.

As my goal with this blog is to provide information and recipes, I leave the decision of whether or not to use or not use palm oil up to you. However, should you choose to omit palm oil from your cold process soap recipes, I’m providing this collection of fifteen of my homemade cold process palm free soap recipes.

A collection of cold process palm free soap recipes for soapmakers who wish to make homemade cold process soaps without palm oil.

Homemade Palm Free Soap Recipes

1. Homemade Green Tea and Turmeric Soap Recipe – This homemade green tea & turmeric palm free soap recipe harnesses green tea’s anti-oxidant properties with turmeric’s anti-acne & skin lightening properties.

2. Homemade Peppermint & Patchouli Castile Soap Recipe – This homemade peppermint & patchouli Castile soap recipe lends a fun twist to a basic Castile soap recipe with Hawaiian alaea salt and midnight black clay.

3. Coconut Oil Facial Soap Recipe for Acne Prone Skin – This coconut oil facial soap recipe for acne prone skin combines ingredients known for their acne fighting properties to help skin acne free!

4. Spicy Pepper & Patchouli Palm Free Cold Process Soap Recipe – This cold process palm free soap recipe is scented with spicy pepper and patchouli, clove and cinnamon essential oils for a soap suitable for either sex.

A collection of cold process palm free soap recipes for soapmakers who wish to make homemade cold process soaps without palm oil.

5. Castile Soap Recipe with Bee Pollen Powder – This homemade Castile soap recipe is made with bee pollen powder which has skin soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.

6. Cold Process Wine Soap Recipe – This fun cold process wine soap recipe is a creative way to use up that leftover wine that’s sat in the fridge too long or simply wasn’t too your liking.

7. Homemade Bacon Soap Recipe for Men – This homemade bacon palm free soap recipe is made with real bacon fat and yields a hard, extra conditioning soap that can either smell like bacon or any other scent of your choice!

8. Nuts Over You Homemade Cold Process Soap Recipe – This nuts over you homemade cold process palm free soap reecipe is all about nut oils! And you’d be hard pressed to get a homemade soap bar any nuttier than this one!

A collection of cold process palm free soap recipes for soapmakers who wish to make homemade cold process soaps without palm oil.

9. Cold Process Macadamia Nut Salt Bar Soap Recipe – This fabulous homemade macadamia nut salt bar soap recipe is made with a generous percentage of moisturizing macadamia nut oil and natural sea salt.

10. Naughty Kitty Palm Free Cold Process Soap Recipe – My Naughty Kitty cold process palm free soap recipe is made using Australian Midnight Black Clay known for its detoxifying and conditioning properties.

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11. Green Tea & Agave Homemade Cold Process Soap Recipe – This green tea & agave homemade cold process palm free soap recipe is formulated with skin conditioning oils and boasts the anti-oxidant power of natural green tea.

12. Ginger and Lime Homemade Shampoo Bar Recipe with Silk – This homemade shampoo bar recipe is scented with a summery blend of lime & ginger and contains silk and hair nourishing argan, jojoba oils and shea butter!

13. Natural Handmade Activated Charcoal Facial Soap Recipe – This natural activated charcoal soap recipe contains activated charcoal to help detox skin and keep it blemish free. It also contains natural algae and lavender and tea tree essential oils.

14. Natural Homemade Patchouli Crunch Soap Recipe – This homemade patchouli soap recipe is perfect for the hippie in you! It contains a naturally exfoliating “granola crunch” and patchouli essential oil.

15. Traditional Castile Soap Recipe – This traditional Castile soap recipe is made using 100% olive oil and is scented with natural basil, lemongrass and rosemary essential oils.

Looking for a simple beginner soap recipe too try? Then give my beginner’s cold process soap recipe a try. This homemade soap recipe contains just three inexpensive ingredients that can be easily sourced at most grocery stores. And, there’s both a palm and a palm free version. Find the recipe here. Or go here for my tutorial on how to make cold process soap from scratch. Or go here to learn how to use a lye calculator to create your own custom cold process soap recipe.

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